The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford and The Vault by Andrés Cerpa.
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
This collection of case studies in self-publishing offers independent authors advice, warnings, encouragement, and inspiration.
The industry’s best and brightest agents respond directly to readers’ questions in this regular column dating back to 2010.
Nikki Peoples describes how she self-published her sci-fi novel, The Station. An editor and a publicist give their advice on reaching more readers, leveraging the power of social media, and finding the right team of publishing professionals.
“All memoirists are making art out of time, and there isn’t one way.” —Krys Malcolm Belc, the author of The Natural Mother of the Child
The author of Love and Other Poems offers an antidote to the usual despair and hysteria on Twitter by writing an endless poem about love.
Joshua Ferris’s A Calling for Charlie Barnes, forthcoming from Little, Brown on September 28, 2021.
“Having to insist on that center and refuse, over and over again, to compromise the work in service of a white gaze was one of the most brutal experiences of my career.” —Akwaeke Emezi, author of Dear Senthuran
The author of Love and Other Poems describes a special project in which he read his poetry to strangers in their bedrooms.
Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land, forthcoming from Scribner on September 28, 2021.
“You’re neither the genius nor the failure you think you are.” —Jack Wang, author of We Two Alone
Joy Harjo’s Poet Warrior, forthcoming from W. W. Norton on September 7, 2021.
“I will miss these characters living in my head.” —Monica West, author of Revival Season
LaTanya McQueen’s When the Reckoning Comes, forthcoming from Harper Perennial on August 3, 2021.
“The words start to feel like they’re punching my skull from the inside.” —Brian Broome, author of Punch Me Up to the Gods
The author of With Teeth celebrates absurdist humor.
Claire Luchette’s Agatha of Little Neon, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux on August 3, 2021.
“It was all fun and games until I realized that I was actually writing a book.” —E. C. Osondu, author of Alien Stories
The author of With Teeth writes about the pleasure of riffing off a good joke.
Nawaaz Ahmed’s Radiant Fugitives, forthcoming from Counterpoint on August 3, 2021.
“I need the volume of more than one trusted reader to hear suggestions over my own investment in being right.” —Donika Kelly, author of The Renunciations
The author of With Teeth writes that her affinity for self-deprecating humor is inextricable from her queerness.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’s The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois, forthcoming from Harper on July 27, 2021. Editor’s Note: This book’s publication date has been changed to August 24, 2021.
“There are so many journeys I’d like to take” —Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising Tides
The author of With Teeth examines how a single joke can be successfully repackaged and retold over time.